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Craig from D3 called me and emailed me letting me know my Stage II pipes and Torquemaster spark plugs shipped out to me yesterday (Friday 8-3). Thank you Craig! Talk abou customer service!!! D3 is great!!! I already have the Stage I intake, but I never installed it.

This week, I plan on doing a baseline dyno over at LAPD (www.thelapd.com) which is located about 5 minutes from where I live. They dyno tune mainly GM vehicles, but specialize mainly in Vettes, but their tuner, Doug has done quite a few CTS-Vs and STS-Vs and has gotten very good results. He is very well known for his awesome abilities dyno tuning, not to mention is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet! I spoke with him on Thursday when I went down there and he said he can program better shift points for my tranny to get better use of the power I will be picking up. I CAN'T WAIT!!!

After the baseline dyno tune, LAPD is going to install my Stage I intake, Stage II pipes, Torquemaster spark plugs and then do a full dyno tune right after. LAPD has a new Dynojet dyno with full eddy current load control so they can simulate hills and put load on the car without having to drive it on the street to data log. Everything is done right on the dyno.

If anyone is local to LAPD, I urge you to visit them just to see all the twin turbo C5 and C6 Vettes. It sure looked like fun!!

At any rate, I will post impressions of the results as well as dyno numbers of before and after so you can all see the true independent results.

Impressions and dyno results coming this week, I HOPE!!

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Thanks for doing this!

I look forward to the results.

Is there anyway you could do incremental dynos?

Install the ECU then dyno, then ECU + Intake dyno, then ECU + Intake + Stage II?

That would be a huge help considering D3 is not releasing dyno numbers for STS-V.
 

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If the Stage II pipes help the STS-V as much as the XLR-V I would coordinate a group buy with D3.
 

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CadV,

LAPD is going to do a custom dyno tune using HP Tuners software. I am NOT doing the D3 ECU. It would take way too much time to do what you are asking and I don't have the time and either does LAPD, so I will do a baseline stock dyno run, install all the parts, have Doug dyno tune the car and be on my way. If you have access to a local tuner that has HP Tuners software like I do, it would be silly not to take advantage. If you don't have a local tuner that can do a custom dyno tune for you, go with the D3 ECU. I am a firm believer that nothing is a custom dyno tune. My specific car will spend a few hours on the dyno getting everything dialed in. I am having LAPD do the baseline dyno, install the parts and dyno tune the car all on the same day. Installing the parts without a dyno tune would be a waste.

LITTLEELVISDAN,

Doug is a HP Tuner Beta Tester and works very closely with Ken at HP Tuners. He has the unlimited version to tune ALL GM Vehicles. This works to my advantage!

SG
 

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I am not slamming D3 by any means, mostly they are only changing the Air/Fuel ratios. If the tuner is going to re-program shift points and is already going to have the car on the dyno with a tuning program running he might as well just do a custom tune and forgo (sp?) the D3 chip.
 

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LITTLEELVISDAN,

Doug is a HP Tuner Beta Tester and works very closely with Ken at HP Tuners. He has the unlimited version to tune ALL GM Vehicles. This works to my advantage!

SG
Damn, that's sweet. My tuner does mostly GM's and is capable of tuning the STS-V. The only difference is that I have to buy the HPTuner and hell save the stock tune on my unit and then dyno tune so I will have both programs depending on getting the car serviced. A bit more expensive but I will have the flexibility to switch back and forth. I can't wait to see your results.:thumbsup:
 

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CadV,

LAPD is going to do a custom dyno tune using HP Tuners software. I am NOT doing the D3 ECU. It would take way too much time to do what you are asking and I don't have the time and either does LAPD, so I will do a baseline stock dyno run, install all the parts, have Doug dyno tune the car and be on my way. If you have access to a local tuner that has HP Tuners software like I do, it would be silly not to take advantage. If you don't have a local tuner that can do a custom dyno tune for you, go with the D3 ECU. I am a firm believer that nothing is a custom dyno tune. My specific car will spend a few hours on the dyno getting everything dialed in. I am having LAPD do the baseline dyno, install the parts and dyno tune the car all on the same day. Installing the parts without a dyno tune would be a waste.
LAPD does good work. EFILive latest version also supports STS-V. Hopefully more custom tune stuff surfaces on the internet for our car.

I have a tune from Vector Motorsports. You should pick up 30-40hp with the tune from LAPD.

XLR-V picked up 20rwhp with the Stage II pipes alone which has me interested.
 

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Damn, that's sweet. My tuner does mostly GM's and is capable of tuning the STS-V. The only difference is that I have to buy the HPTuner and hell save the stock tune on my unit and then dyno tune so I will have both programs depending on getting the car serviced. A bit more expensive but I will have the flexibility to switch back and forth. I can't wait to see your results.:thumbsup:
That's cool they are doing that for you. Most shops won't allow editing their work. You can do what I set out to do and that is provide a tune to the STS-V community.
 

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Aero,

Thank you for taking the time to post this message and keep everyone updated on your progress. It is certainly appreciated by not only D3, but everyone else as well. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Thanks!
 

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Is the stage 2 intake for the STS V readily available now? Are there different finishes? I seen black in one photo, I would prefer chrome.
 

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We do have the first batch of the intake in now, but they're almost sold out already. I have them in black wrinkle finish and chrome. Personally I think the chrome looks really sharp. Brightens up the engine bay nicely!
 

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There are two PCV Hoses that attach to the intake and those are connected via T-Fitting to the D3 Stage 1 Intake pipe, located behind the Air Flow Sensor and on the bottom of the intake pipe.
 
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